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Saaler Sven

NameSaaler Sven
Alternative NamesSven Saaler
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Liberal Arts
Job titleProfessor
DegreeDR. Phil.(Ph.D.)(Univ. of BONN)
Other AffiliationGraduate School of Global Studies
Research funding number70401205
J-Global ID200901007736624683



Apr 1995
Nov 1999
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn Philosophische Fakultät Japanologisches Seminar
Nov 1999
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn Philosophische Fakultät Japanologisches Seminar
Oct 1990
Mar 1995
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn Philosophische Fakultät Japanologisches Seminar
Dec 1994
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn Philosophische Fakultät Japanologisches Seminar
Oct 1989
Sep 1990
Universität zu Köln Philosophische Fakultät Historisches Seminar

Research History

Apr 2017
Sophia University Faculty of Liberal Arts Professor 
Sep 2008
Mar 2017
Sophia University Faculty of Liberal Arts  
Apr 2005
Sep 2008
The University of Tokyo  Associate Professor 
Jan 2004
Mar 2005
German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)  Head of Humanities Section 
Nov 2000
Dec 2003
German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)  Senior Researcher 

Research Interests

近現代日本史 ,黒龍会 ,記憶 ,ドイツ ,Pan-Asianism ,Asianism ,歴史認識 ,ソ連 ,銅像 ,東亜同文会 ,戦間期日本 ,歴史教科書問題 ,儀式的教育 ,歴史記憶 ,日独関係史 ,デモクラシー運動 ,日本 ,文化

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / International relations / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / History - Japan / 

Books and Other Publications

Saaler Sven (with Christian W. Spang and Rolf-Harald Wippich)(Part:Joint author)
Munich: Iudicium / OAG – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Natur- und Völkerkunde Ostasiens   2023      
Sven Saaler(Part:Sole author)
Leiden: Brill   2020      
Sven Saaler (with Hasegawa Yûichi and Yoshitsugu Kôsuke)(Part:Joint edit)
Tokyo: Ronsôsha   May 2018      
Sven Saaler (with Christopher W.A. Szpilman)(Part:Joint edit)
London and New York: Routledge   2018
Sven Saaler (with Eckhardt Fuchs and Kasahara Tokushi)(Part:Joint edit)
Göttingen: V&R Academic   2018      


Sven Saaler   
Oxford Research Encyclopedia in Asian History      Apr 2019   [Refereed][Invited]
<p>The Japanese colonial empire was composed of territories adjacent to the Japanese archipelago, ranging from Southern Sakhalin in the north to Taiwan in the south. Unlike most European powers, Japan did not acquire colonial territories that were...
Sven Saaler   
International Journal of Asian Studies   11(2) 125-160   2014   [Refereed]
In the conduct of prewar Japanese foreign relations, political associations (seiji kessha) - we might also call them pressure groups - exerted considerable political influence, particularly on Japan's relations with China and other Asian nations. ...
Sven Saaler   
日本の科学者 (Journal of Japanese Scientists)   48(8) 18-23   Oct 2013   [Refereed]
Sven Saaler   
Comparativ. Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung   19 27-43   2009   [Refereed]


Sven Saaler   
Book Launch: Contesting and Commemorating Trauma in East Asi   24 May 2023   Sophia University Institute for Comparative Culture   [Invited]
Sven Saaler   
Symposium “Investigating the Question of War and Medical Ethics“   24 Apr 2023   Conduct by Japanese Researchers and Health Care Professionals during the War   
Sven Saaler   
Monumental Medievalism: Public Monuments & the Mis|use of the Medieval Past. University of York (online), 5-6 October 2022.   [Invited]
Sven Saaler   
Keynote Speech. International Conference: “Heroes and Villains in Modern Japan.” The University of Haifa (Israel), 22-26 May 2022.   [Invited]
Sven Saaler   
Workshop (online). “Trophy Photographs in WWII - An Interdisciplinary Transnational Debate,” 25-27 March 2022.   

Committee Memberships

Apr 2019
Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU)  Member of the Steering Committee
May 2008
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)  Japan Representative

Professional Memberships

European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)


Shūeisha Online (集英社オンライン)      Aug 2022
Sven Saaler   
IPG - Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung      Jul 2022   [Refereed][Invited]
Sven Saaler   
Russian Review   80(1) 154-155   Jan 2021

Academic Activities

Review 1 Jan 2019 - Today

Social Activities

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan 160 Years German-Japanese Friendship 21 Jan 2021 - Today

Media Coverage

Sven Saaler   The Japan Times, by Jesse Johnson   Mar 2022   [Newspaper, magazine]
Sven Saaler   Kyodo News, by Ko Hirano   Nov 2021   [Newspaper, magazine]
Sven Saaler   BR 24, by Kathrin Erdmann   May 2021   [TV or radio program]
Sven Saaler   BBC, by Michiyo Yakamoto   Oct 2020   [Newspaper, magazine]
Sven Saaler   Deutschlandfunk, by Barbara Geschwinde   Sep 2020   [TV or radio program]